Coast Guard suspends search for missing Murrells Inlet fisherman

MURRELLS INLET, SC - MURRELLS INLET, SC (WMBF) - The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search efforts for a fisherman that disappeared on Thursday morning about 10 miles southwest of Murrells Inlet.

Coast Guard officials say search-and-rescue coordinators received a distress call at 6:47 p.m. Thursday from a crew member aboard the Lady Di who had been sleeping and discovered the captain, Mark Shackleford, was missing.

After getting the distress call, the Coast Guard launched a rescue helicopter crew, two Coast Guard cutters, and a pair of small rescue boats to try to find Shackleford.

The search covered more than 590 square nautical miles.

The Coast Guard hopes anyone with information about the Lady Di or Shackleford will call its command center in Charleston at 843-740-7050.

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